OK, so this year was our "Lucky 13" event. And... the luckiest thing that happened was that it did not rain until we were picking up and everyone had gone home. That makes the second rain free derby day in thirteen years. There were the usual 35 great prizes donated by several local merchants and crafts persons.
Please find their names listed in another section of this newsletter. We very much appreciate their continued support of Ben's Mill. We sold less ducks this year (525), but it still went very well.
We had 22 great volunteers doing various jobs like retrieving ducks, parking cars, chasing ducks down the river, selling ducks, punching info into the computer, minding the "kids table" and entertaining us as we waited for the final tally of who won what. The afore mentioned entertainment was musical and presented by the AOK Kids. They are really quite special. If you haven't had an opportunity to hear these talented youngsters play, you are missing out. This event could never happen without willing volunteers. Thanks to all of you.
There were monetary prizes called "Lucky Ducks" again this year. Six numbers were drawn after the Derby in 2015 and placed in a sealed envelope. Unfortunately, the last number (592) was for a duck that was not sold, so only five prizes were awarded.
Once again this year there was a free raffle of Darned Good Ducky Chow. That stuff is addictive! Also this year was a raffle for another planter made with Ben's Mill hands. This one was so beautiful.
In two years it will be our 15th annual and we are hoping to do something special to commemorate the event. It is time for a think tank session, I believe. Stay tuned. Got any ideas? Send them on to us.
The "Lucky Ducks" for 2017 have been drawn. Make sure you don't miss the Derby. October 7, 2017. And Liam... make sure your Gram buys you ducks again... you have won EVERY year that she has bought ducks!
~ Lois Allen, Ducky Derby Coordinator